A brief storm update from state officials as of 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10:
• Delmarva Power crews in Sussex County have temporarily suspended operations due to visibility problems.
• Delaware Electric Cooperative crews in Kent and Sussex Counties have temporarily suspended operations due to visibility problems. A crew aided by DelDOT to get to the site, is continuing to work to repair a circuit that will restore power to roughly 1,000 customers.
• DelDOT road crews in Sussex County have temporarily suspended operations due to visibility problems. Drivers are permitted to use their own discretion as to when it is safe to resume their assignments.
• Over 15,200 power outages are reported statewide. Most of the outages are reported in New Castle County.
• More than 80 motor vehicle incidents have been reported statewide since the State of Emergency went into effect at midnight. Most calls have referred to disabled vehicles but there have been 40 property damage crashes as well.
• Unconfirmed reports of damage to buildings due to accumulated snow have also filtered in to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). Fewer than ten have been reported so far.
• Due to inclement weather, all Indian River School District schools will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 11. All 12-month employees will be informed of their status at a later time, officials said mid-day Wednesday.
• Motorists are reminded that Governor Jack Markell declared a State of Emergency, which has been in effect since midnight, restricting travel on state roads. Business owners and managers are asked to consider the safety of workers and the fact that travel restrictions are in place. Specific details on the State of Emergency can be found on the state’s web site (www.delaware.gov).
• Delawareans can obtain many answers to questions related to the storm and the State of Emergency by calling the Delaware Helpline at 1-800-464-4357.